This is specialized public contact, security related work providing for the physical safety of judges, hearing officers, court employees, and visitors to the court in the conduct of official judicial proceedings. Employees in this class are responsible for a variety of duties in connection with official proceedings in courtrooms and chambers in protecting the judges, hearing officers, jurors, witnesses, and attorneys before, during or upon the conclusion of court sessions. Emphasis of the work is on preparing courtrooms and chambers for official use, maintaining order during proceedings, assisting judges, hearing officers and jurors in the official responsibilities and providing assistance to both witnesses and attorneys as the needs require. Employees follow instructions from individual judges, hearing officers, court administration and the provisions of established court procedures under the immediate direction of the judge or hearing officer of assignment who directs incumbents as to proper action in courtroom emergencies, and reviews work generally for adherence to established judicial procedures and quality of performance.
- Insures that courtrooms and chambers are ready for use; makes certain that all parties and clerical support personnel are in attendance; brings judge’s or hearing officer’s materials to the courtroom, announces the judge or hearing officer and calls court to order.
- Maintains order during court sessions and remains alert to possible disturbances.
- Provides security for the judge, magistrate, or hearing officer in attendance and obtains materials needed during proceedings.
- Escorts person out of the court upon judge’s directive and escorts persons held in contempt of court to proper authorities.
- Calls witnesses into court for testifying and sees that they remain outside hearing of court during trials.
- Orders needed files for motion hearings and places in proper sequence; inquires that all necessary files are on hand.
- Performs related work as required.
Graduation from a standard high school or the equivalent and experience in security work or military service, which provides the following knowledge, skills, and abilities:
- Thorough knowledge of security protocol of the courts.
- Considerable knowledge of established procedures for the conduct of judicial proceedings in courtroom and chambers.
- Knowledge of local instructions and rules of practice issued by judges or hearing officers.
- Knowledge of established procedures in the flow of official business between the Office of the Clerk of Courts and courtrooms.
- Basic knowledge of the use of legal instruments and records pertinent to the court of assignment.
- Ability to react quickly in following judge’s or hearing officer’s directives in emergencies that arise during court sessions.
- Ability to remain alert and observant with attention to necessary detail during the conduct of court sessions.
- Ability to maintain composure in the event of courtroom disturbances and to escort person(s) creating such disturbances effectively to the appropriate authorities.
- Ability to establish rapport with judges, hearing officers, law enforcement personnel, employees of the court system and the Clerk of the Courts.
- Ability to deal with jurors, witnesses, attorneys and the general public with necessary tact and courtesy.
- Ability to follow all established procedures before, during, and following the conclusion of court sessions.
- Willingness to work extended hours as the occasion demands.
- Willingness to follow requirements of official conduct as a representative of the court system.
Work involves a significant amount of standing, walking, sitting, talking, listening, balancing, stooping, and reaching with hands and arms; must be able to transfer up to 25 pounds.
Moderate noise; business office setting; occasional exposure to adverse weather conditions.
Conveys and receives information in person and over the telephone.
QDo you have experience in any of the following areas: law enforcement or security?
QDo you have experience in the military?
QDo you have experience as a Bailiff?
QDo you have experience dealing with the public?